Inspiration comes by boat
The museum has an active education service providing a wide range of workshops and activities for children, and activities for our family visitors. We don't just teach history but make use of the museum's exhibitions and resources to teach science, maths, English, geography and other subjects. Often a visit to the museum facilitates cross-curricular learning.
School groups often enjoy a boat trip on the canal as part of their experience, travelling in small groups, since the community boatsd used are limited to 12 passengers. Whilst part of the class is boating, others are building bridges or tunnels, learning to be engineers, or maybe carrying out science experiments connected with water and boats, or learning about the Victorians.
Key points for teachers:
- Have a good look at our main education website Teacher Zone, it is a comprehensive catalogue of what we can offer.
- Do contact our Education officer and if possible visit before the children come, as planning is much reccommended and we can tailor things to your needs.
- Most visits start around 10 or 11 in the morning and often children bring a packed lunch. We make space available for eating it.
- Some visits are teacher-led, others involve our education team by prior arrangement
- We charge for admission but we are very cheap! There are separate charges for hire of a boat.
- Our website includes information to help you prepare a risk assessment, and many other free resources
- We hold the Sandford Award
- There is a museum shop selling pocket-money souvenirs. It is best to decide in advance if the children will be able to use it.
Please e-mail our Education Officer to arrange a pre-visit.